The U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general's office has confirmed that managers at an FAA radar facility handling flights into and out of Chicago's airports are under investigation. It has been alleged that the supervisors at the Federal Aviation Administration radar facility in Elgin covered up air traffic control errors. Investigators are looking into whether the controller errors were instead blamed on pilots or simply ignored.
Transportation Department spokeswoman Madeline Chulumovich told the Chicago Tribune that several other FAA facilities across the country would also be checked out.
David Stock, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association at the Elgin facility, said he found at least three suspicious incidents since 2006 in which FAA supervisors blamed controller errors on pilots.